Suggested credit line: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. The Library is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the materials in the Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies. Composition Licence: This MP3 (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.This applies to the United States, where Works published prior... Topics: Thomas Edison, hymn, spiritual
A chain gang in Charleston, South Carolina. Notice that all the prisoners are Black. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1902, prisoners, chain gang, prison, Charleston, South...
From Edison films catalog: Upon a large sheet of white paper a cartoonist is seen at work rapidly sketching the portrait of an elderly gentleman of most comical feature and expression. After completing the likeness the artist rapidly draws on the paper a clever sketch of a bottle of wine and a goblet, and then, to the surprise of all, actually removes them from the paper on which they were drawn and pours actual wine out of the bottle into a real glass. Surprising effects quickly follow after... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: caricature, thomas edison, silent film, early film
"Cripple Creek Barroom Scene" was the first filmed western with a plot (be it ever so thin). This is a cropped version to remove sprocket holes in viewing area. Topics: stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1899, western, "Cripple Creek Barroom"
This "racy" scene is from the New York stage comedy, "The Widow Jones," in which May Irwin and John Rice starred. According to Edison film historian C. Musser, the actors staged their kiss for the camera at the request of the New York World newspaper, and the resulting film was the most popular Edison Vitascope film in 1896. The Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division Rights information here:... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, historic, 1896, Rice, John, Irwin, May (1862-1938), early cinema, Thomas Edison,...
Electricity and progress Spoken by: Thomas A. Edison, inventor Recorded for the opening of the New York Electrical Show, October 3, 1908. Record format: Edison Gold Moulded cylinder (unissued) NPS object catalog number: EDIS 39835 ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Oldtime Source: National Park Service
From Edison films catalog: Marguerite is seated before the fireplace, Faust standing by her side. Mephistopheles enters and offers his sword to Faust, commanding him to behead the fair Marguerite. Faust refuses, whereupon Mephistopheles draws the sword across the throat of the lady and she suddenly disappears and Faust is seated in her place. Topics: thomas edison, faust and margueritte, early film
This spoken-word recording made circa late October 1888 is believed to be the oldest surviving recording of Thomas Edison's voice. The informal message whimsically describes an imagined trip "around the world on the phonograph," by Cunard steamer from New York City to Liverpool, through Europe and Asia, giving specific ships, railroads, cities, and points of interest en route. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: Spoken Word, Oldtime Source: Public Internet
"According to Edison film historian C. Musser, this film and others shot on the same day featured Native American Indian dancers from Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, and constitutes the American Indian's first appearance before a motion picture camera." - Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1894, American Indian, dance, buffalo dance
Mary had a little lamb Spoken by: Thomas A. Edison, inventor Recording date: August 12, 1927, Golden Jubilee of the Phonograph ceremony Location: Glenmont (Edison's home), West Orange, New Jersey Recording taken from Movietone Production news film. ** Historical note: In this recording Edison demonstrates how in 1877 he made the first record on his tinfoil phonograph. The original 1877 recording was not saved and no longer exists. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Oldtime Source: National Park Service
Horse drawn fire engines and other equipment rush to a fire in Albany, New York, 1901. A policeman tries to hold onlooker back, but some run across the road. Scene ends with a man on a bicycle peddling furiously to keep up with the fire fighters. Partially restored. Topics: Stock footage, horse drawn fire engines, fire fighters, Thomas Edison, Albany NY
"Cripple Creek Barroom Scene" was the first filmed western with a plot (be it ever so thin). This is the full frame format offered by the Library of Congress, complete with visible sprocket holes on the right side. Topics: stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1899, western, "Cripple Creek Barroom"
The liver complaint story Spoken by: Thomas A. Edison, inventor Recording date: 1906 Record format: Edison Blue Amberol cylinder (unissued) NPS object catalog number: EDIS 39838 ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Oldtime Source: National Park Service
Camera is positioned as if in the audience at a vaudeville or burlesque show. Two men with long hair and beards in rough clothing appear to be eating and talking in a box on the left as a female aerialist sits on a trapeze over the stage and its painted backdrop of trees. Fully dressed in street clothing, the trapezist removes her jacket and hat before performing a flip. She stands to remove her skirt and then sits back down on the bar as she takes off her corset and throws it to the country... ( 5 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1901, trapeze, strip tease, burlesque, humor, comedy
FOR ALL DOWNLOADERS, WE RESAMPLED THIS MOVIE BECAUSE WE FOUND OUT THAT A WRONG VERSION WAS UPLOADED BY ACCIDENT. THERE IS NOW A MUCH SHARPER VERSION AVAILABLE. In 1903, an employee of Thomas Edison's motion picture company produced a movie with a story. It was called "The Great TrainRobbery." It told a simple story of a group of western criminals who steal money from a train. Later they are killed by a group of police in a gun fight. The movie was extremely popular. "The Great... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: robbery, edison, train, theft, steal
Four horse drawn fire engines roar up a snow-covered Newark, New Jersey, street while spectators wat h from the sidelines. (1896) Partially restored. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, horse drawn fire engines, fire fighters, newark nj, snow
This is the last scene in Edwin S. Porter's "The Great Train Robbery," when the leader of the outlaws, played by Justus D. Barnes, empties his pistol at the audience. It cause quote a fright in theaters because no one had seen anything like it before. The Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division Rights information here: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/papr/west/westres.html http://www.loc.gov/homepage/legal.html Topics: stock footage, historic, 1903, classic films, The Great Train Robbey, Barnes, Justus D....
This is the first film ever copywrited (1894) and is only 48 frames long. It's a shot of Edison labratory worker Fred Ott performing his comic sneeze. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, sneeze, fred ott, thomas edison company
Farm mother and daughter feed the doves. Chickens are also present. The family horse and farmhouse are in the background. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, rural, feeding doves, pigeons, chickens, woman, child
Shooting the chutes at Coney Island, New York, in 1896. From a paper print in the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Stock footage, standard 4:3, historic, 1896, amusement park, coney island, chutes, Thomas Edison
A herd of Texas Longhorn cattle --a breed with an "attitude" that has almost vanished from the west -- is driven out of a corral by a cowboy wielding a stick. Many a wrangler was killed or maimed when one of these evil-tempered beasts, sporting horns up to three feet wide, suddenly turned on him without warning. This film was produced to be exhibited in the Kinescope peep-show machine. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, historic, 1896, cowboys, cows, Texas Longhorns, corral, herding, west
A cowboy rides a bucking bronco in what appears to be a rodeo setting. He is either bucked off or makes an unceremonious dismount -- it's really hard to tell. This film was originally produced to be viewed in a Kinetoscope peep-show machine. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, historic, 1898, cowboy, horse, bucking bronco, west
Annie Oakley was probably the most famous marksman/woman in the world when this short clip was produced in Edison's Black Maria studio in West Orange, New Jersey. Barely five feet tall, Annie was always associated with the wild west, although she was born in 1860 as Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee (or Moses)in Darke County, Ohio. Nevertheless, she was a staple in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and similar wild west companies. Because of her diminutive stature, she was billed as "Little Sure... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: stock footage, historic, Oakley, Annie, Butler, Frank C, guns, sharpshooter, wild west shows,...
A panoramic journey from the front of a moving steam engine along the Ferries and Cliff House Rail Road, atop Mount Tamalpais, Marin County in San Francisco, California's northwest corner, known as "Lands End," which overlooks the Golden Gate and Marin headlands. It was filmed January 11, 1902 by Thomas Edison Inc. Archive.org has a sped up version of this film, called Lands End train ride, incorrectly dated 1900. Topics: Cliff House, ferries, Golden Gate, Lands End, railroad, Mt Tamalpais, Marin County, California, San...